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{Nintendo SuperCube} -Gaming / Photo Editing / HTPC / LAN Rig- [First Time Build]

by bakedfreshdaily

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Details

Date Published

Sept. 9, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 5, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.28GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

Description

All prices are in Canadian dollars, and seeing how our dollar sucks right now, it probably wasn't the best time to decide to build a pc but I needed one. I redid the description. Hope it's more straight forward.

Appearance

Before assembly I took the case apart, cleaned it with rubbing alcohol and sprayed it with 4-5 layers of white Plasti-Dip, let it dry and applied the vinyl decals purchased on Ebay and Etsy. The RBG lighting was applied to the top panel on either side of the tinted window.

Assembly Compatibility

Originally I purchased the H100i GTX but could not get it to fit without sacrifice so I downgraded to the H100i, which fits like a glove with this configuration. The CoolerMaster Megaflow 200mm fits perfectly in the front with the rad and allows the drive bay to be installed easily if desired.
I also wish I had purchased a fully modular psu as cable management is really tight in this case and shorter cables would be an asset.

In Hindsight

I would not have picked a mini-itx as my first build but I am really happy with the final product. I have done a lot of cable management since uploading the pics on here and it looks a lot cleaner now, however doing cable management while installing components is a must as doing as an after thought will result in a rats nest unless you have the smallest hands.

Future Additions

I will be making custom cables to fit the build colours and save space inside the case and the 24pin cable attached to the psu I will sleeve to make it more appealing.

Thanks for all the love :)

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Zveir 8 Builds 18 points 20 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. Now if only Nintendo could release a console of similar power...

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

Thanks:)

190n 2 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

LOL

Memo1010 2 points 20 months ago

"Now if only Nintendo could release a console of similar power..." I totaly agree with you there. (Then the Wii u's graphics would look like crap)

kevslice02 1 point 18 months ago

Lol the nx will need to more more powerful than this lol. A 960 is certainly better than a ps4 or xb1, but, to keep up, Nintendo needs r9 380, r9 290, or gtx 970 power for nx.

OnyxTheLGD 2 points 20 months ago

shots fired.

prettyflamazing 6 points 20 months ago

Anyone find this ironic that this is modeled after a console.

retardedpanda1 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

I love this build! I will say that I wish you'd have picked up a WD HDD. I've had a few bad experiences with Seagate, and I know MANY MANY people that have had the same experiences. Especially with the Barracuda line.

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

Well I'll keep my fingers crossed it holds out! Ill mostly be using it for photo backups and games so if it does crap out it won't be the end of the world

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I have all my data in a 2tb Seagate barracuda. HOnestly Seagate are great drives, no need to keep your fingers crossed.. lol

Eltech 14 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I agree with you. I had no issues with it myself and same for 4 Hitachi terabytes. They been working fine for years now. Seagate is related to Western Digital anyway? Answer: No. I been recovering from 3 days of sickness and I lost my marbles in the closet... maybe in the basement and outside the yard too.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Seagate is related to Western Digital anyway?

I don't think so...

Eltech 14 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Ah then my mind is getting the two mix up. Doh I wasn't lying about my marbles missing...

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

hitachi is a subsidiary of western Digital..

Eltech 14 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Right. It was Hitachi. My bad for mixing it up. Still I have them all and like them. :)

Slayer25NZ 1 point 20 months ago

I believe the failure rate of the older drives is a lot lower than the new ones. I've heard from places that some of the new barracuda drives have up to a 40% failure rate (don't quote me on that). But that is a certain line of drives and certain sizes. I think it's just luck of the draw. From what I've seen Hitachi is the best.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

ive been using both Seagate and WD for a very long time, and I have never had a problem with any of them. All my older macs came with Seagate drives and they are still working. I do know of people trying to spread myths that Seagate is bad, but both are great drives.

retardedpanda1 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

I've had 2 barracudas die. Maybe it's just the barracudas. I've had a bunch of drives go bad in general though, just never a WD.

Could just be my luck. Haha.

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Ah ok thanks for the words! I just hope it doesn't get too hot for the wires sitting on top of it.

connordelaneyy@gmail.com 1 point 20 months ago

This looks spectacular, an awesome build, especially for a first timer! Congratulations, and maybe the FPS' be with you. :D

INB4Jipster

Eltech 14 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

INB4Jipster

I get it. He gave most of us, permission to say such things... but um... he isn't going to respond on completed builds. Sorry.

He dropped his mic a long time ago about it. Nothing to see here... please move along. :)

Oldsnivy100 3 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

There is currently a place for jipster in our hearts... He has been missing for many days in the comments..... We may have to send a user hunter in

connordelaneyy@gmail.com 2 points 20 months ago

R.IP

Eltech 14 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Well it's on his profile page... so not sure if a hunter is required. Or can check his forum page here. Maybe he'll respond to it but who knows when.

Growliff1234 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I talked to him yesterday on email. He didn't show any remorse for leaving.

Eltech 14 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Cool and yes I thought so. I didn't think he would remorse over it. We love the guy but we also know that he has a family to take care of and to love. So thanks for the clarification and confirming about it Growliff. :)

Eltech 14 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I sense a down voter has roamed amongst us. Here is your one back.

Eltech 14 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Another downvote? Good grief. Someone is spamming it good... oh wells.

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bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

:D

biobrent 3 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Very well done! And you're trying to tell me this is your first build!?

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

I think the cable management speaks for itself :P but thanks!

monkeybars 1 point 20 months ago

I have the same case, and there's really not much that can be done. There's nowhere to hide them. I'm actually looking at moving back to air cooling for my CPU because I hate all the wires.

ZeAtomicBomb 1 point 20 months ago

3 words: MIND. BLOWN. EXTREMELY. XD

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

:)

ZeAtomicBomb 1 point 20 months ago

How did you paint the case just out of question? I would like to paint my new Thermaltake Core V1.

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Plasti-Dip! It's was really easy. Just took off the panels and cleaned them with rubbing alcoho, popped out the window (which was really straight forward on this case), sprayed it with thin layers of the stuff every 20 minutes or so until the can was empty, waited 2 hours for it to dry and it was done. I'd definitely recommend using this stuff because there's no priming required and it peels off once dry if you mess up or aren't happy with it.

ZeAtomicBomb 1 point 20 months ago

Nice. Thanks for the instructions.

Eltech 14 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Now this is how Nintendo home system is suppose to be. It's on steroids but making it beyond beautiful. I'm reminiscing upon the good old days when I was playing Mario and Duck Hunting as a four between five year old. I think your computer snatched the fire flower from Super Mario Bros. and transformed into this amazing appearance of colors.

If I could give you more ones, I would. You most certain have my up-vote.

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Haha thank you kindly.. now I just need some nintendo emulators on it

Eltech 14 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

It is an amazing accomplishment that you created here. So you are most welcome. And that would be very awesome, indeed!

BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I KNEW that was gonna come up somewhere (and if it hadn't I was gonna bring it up :P)

Vergere 6 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Great JDM-build, and congrats on the Feature! +1

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks mate

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

This is awesome!

+1

CUBES!

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I love stuffing boxes with overpowered components...

Stuart_Munto 4 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

This is AWESOME! Damn impressive for a first build!

jonesmbarry 1 point 20 months ago

Great build! +1 for creativity.

Kevers003 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Childhood compete. Amazing build dude. My GameCube was one of the coolest gifts I ever received and this inspires me to build something like this down the road :)

Hussein.H 1 point 20 months ago

Such a great looking build! HUGELY impressed as especially as it's your first! Enjoy it! :)

AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Now that's a real 'Game Cube" LOL

TexasBuilder 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Your blatant trademark infringement offends me to the point of... Nvm jk:) Great job all around man! +1

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Lmao thanks.. I think the Nintendo logos are missing the ®, so hopefully I'm in the clear :P

bmccarthy8989 7 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Builds like this are why I love coming to this site. This one was so much fun to look at. Thanks for taking the time to take good pictures. Small builds are my favorites, as it's almost an art to get everything just right! It's helpful for other builders that wish to accomplish something similar in a small case. Great job! On a side note I would love to see custom white and red cables! That would just put the cherry on top. Hell I'd do it for cost!

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks! and I totally agree with you on the cables.. maybe one day.. maybe one day.. :)

beardofsocrates 1 point 20 months ago

Hard to believe this is a first build, the paint job, the usage of space, all very well done! I would recommend a different PSU though.

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I must admit PSU choice was not on the forefront of my mind. Maybe I should have taken a bit more time with that decision but no complaints so far!

ItsioZ 1 point 20 months ago

Man. that is... AWESOME! i really love the creativity and this as a first build is impressive!

randomguy99 1 point 20 months ago

But can it run Mario Paint?

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

It would be a shame if it couldn't! I'll have to get on that

piemancoder 1 point 20 months ago

Whoa, this is awesome! (or at least until the nintendo copyright guys come along [jk])

Ravenhelm 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

+1 for an absolute beauty of a build. I wish I could give it more than that, but still, amazing job =D

Spycrab 1 point 20 months ago

You made my dreams come true :D. This is something I wish Nintendo would have made. I like the way the paint was done it is all smooth and crisp. May I ask how did you do the Nintendo logo?

[First Time Build]

I do not take kindly to lies....

oh your serious well greatest job ever hope to see more by you :)

+1

Also your profile pic is the only pokemon I couldn't catch XD

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I bought the logos off EBay. They're just vinyl decals that came with transfer tape so they were really easy to apply :)

And if I remember correctly you have to win Porygon from some gambling type game on the first gen games... Or basically spend hours upon hours to get it lol

Spycrab 1 point 20 months ago

I bought the logos off EBay. They're just vinyl decals that came with transfer tape so they were really easy to apply :)

Oh that's nice :)

And if I remember correctly you have to win Porygon from some gambling type game on the first gen games... Or basically spend hours upon hours to get it lol

I give up to much work to just catch them all :(

Meithen 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Some seriously good aesthetics here, impressive Nintendo theme!

IMojoe134 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

what do you do for LAN games?

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Play video games with friends in one room on different screens :P

CptMold 1 point 20 months ago

Absolutely f**king beautiful, and nobody charged you five times for editing it.

#modernjoke
nayrnayr1 6 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Supercube! :) +1

Charmin 1 point 20 months ago

What a sexy build. Just pure sexy. +1!

TREVOR5858 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Sick build man!

bradenfontaine 11 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

i do love me a good mini itx build

NewPCGuy 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

One of the coolest and unique builds I've seen, very cool. haha Kudos m8

Revilos 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Stunning build, really made me just admire it for a few minutes.

Thinking about following a similar design. Do you have any tips on plasti-dip? Any brands or typed you used? What was the process?

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

The process was actually a lot easier than I expected. I just took off the panels and laid them out on risers in my garage and applied thin coats every 20 minutes or so until the can was empty and about 2 hours after that it was dry! No priming required. I just cleaned the case with rubbing alcohol before hand. Only thing is if the case were a full size case, it would have required a second can.

bobsbuild 1 point 20 months ago

This build is awesome! Next I'd recommend upgrading the power supply and putting in an R9 390, you'd have an absolute beast!

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks for the tip :)

SignedHarpy 1 point 20 months ago

Where'd you get the prices so low from

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Mostly Canada computers / Newegg / Amazon. And checking sales weekly

justelisha 1 point 20 months ago

Nice build m9, that sure is an entertainment system ;)

Holmes123 1 point 20 months ago

"Now You're Playing With Power"

Kimchi 1 point 20 months ago

Sexy~ +1

redjack 1 point 20 months ago

A piece of art! I absolutely love it! It is simply brilliant. You did an amazing job man!

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks ya!

ThePickleCat 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

This is such a sweet build. Great job!

Icarus_Fallen 1 point 20 months ago

Hats off to you friend, very well done :)

isaborders1999 1 point 20 months ago

It might even deceive someone into thinking it really is a nintendo console :) 1+

breakerion 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Super awesome killer look for this build, but what about the heat inside there ??? I doubt to have the courage to attempt Mini-Itx but this one makes me wanna own one, cheers!!

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

It's actually not to bad..so far! Time will tell I suppose.

Anarith 1 point 20 months ago

Nice build! I have a question regarding the h100i gtx. You said it wouldn't fit without slim fans. Did you install it and then realize that you couldn't fit it without slim fans or did you read that from an online forum?

I ask because I bought a h100i gtx cause it was the newer model and wanted to use it with a 250d. There have been reports that you need to use certain motherboards in order to fit the h100i gtx with the 250d.

Another reason why I ask is because in this build https://pcpartpicker.com/b/czLD4D . The user had the same motherboard you used and was able to fit the h100i gtx but he had to give up the front intake.

Thanks you for your help and nice build! :D

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

That's correct. The H100i GTX is 3mm thicker than the H100i and when I tested installing it in the case the tubing would not fit on the rear end where the mobo is. So orientating it the way like this user did would probably work but you would not be able to fit a front intake fan. Also the fans for H100i I have installed are flush right against the mobo. I cant imagine It fitting well with the GTX. I also read on forums that people who did manage to fit the H100i GTX with the tubing in the rear had issues with the cooling liquid flow because of parts pushing against the tubing and some people's tubes started to fray a bit.

Let me know if you get that thing fitted in :D I'll be jealous if you do

Anarith 1 point 20 months ago

Dang! I guess this cuts that motherboard off the compatibility list haha. As far as I know, the three motherboards that can fit the h100i gtx (with stock fans) just from looking at the pictures people posted online:

  1. Asrock z97e itx/ac
  2. Gigabyte z97n wifi
  3. Gigabyte z97n gaming 5

But of course then I run into the problem of the tubing being at the rear with the possibility of it fraying :/ or I lose my front intake. Sigh if only corsair had made their 250d a little bit bigger or the GTX the same size as the h100i.

Thanks for the info though. You helped me narrow down the motherboard list :D.

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

It's a shame :( If the case was just a tiny bit wider it would fit!

Rivendell3 1 point 20 months ago

Hello! I have a build very similar to yours, and I was wondering: Did you run into any trouble installing the water cooler? When I installed mine, the tubes on the water cooler blocked the 240mm front intake fan. I had to take the fan out and position it about two inches to the left. If I flipped the cooler around, the tubes ran into the motherboard (very frustrating). Any feed back would be great. Thank you! and awesome build by the way, love the look

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks! The H100i fits like a glove in this case. The tubing being at the rear of the case does press against the mobo slightly but not enough for me to be concerned about it. However if the rad was orientated with tubing at the front of the case the 200mm fan would not fit. When I tested it with the 140mm fan that came with the case I noticed quite a bit of pressure being put on the tubbing so that was a no go. So yes I ran into a bit of trouble and stress when I purchased the upgraded model of this rad and could not fit it in, but with the H100i I had very little trouble installing it.

Cansomeonejustbuymethesethings 1 point 20 months ago

Wait, did you get the thick version of the H100i GTX? I'm planning on getting the regular GTX if it fits.

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I just got the regular H100i GTX and I could not get it to fit without sacrificing the front fan so i downgraded to the regular H100i. I wasn't aware there was a thick and thinner version?

Cansomeonejustbuymethesethings 1 point 20 months ago

Yeah I was thinking of the H105. Thanks for the info tho.

BuildThePhil 1 point 20 months ago

I swear that I was going to find a Nintendo-sealed tower...

NOPE!! Just a sticker.. (Still looks amazing bro!)

Btw, don't u need an Optical Drive for ur Windows 10-Pro OEM?

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks man! I received a free version through school so I took my brothers disk drive out of his computer just to install it lol

Feliks 1 point 19 months ago

Dude, sick!

kevslice02 1 point 18 months ago

1+ for h60 builds.

yummy h60 in my tummy... From my mummy

scruffydan 1 point 16 months ago

I love this its a great idea and a great pc, good choice for a first pc and it certainly stands out

chargedpunch99 1 point 16 months ago

Coolest box pc I've ever seen!! +1

jscanlon2014 1 point 16 months ago

I LOVE THIS!!! I hope you don't mind if I steal you design a little bit lol

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks!! and not one bit, i hope you can improve on it :)

Trav_X 1 point 13 months ago

How do you like the motherboard? I'm thinking of getting the same one for a 4790k.

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

No complaints! Works great and haven't had any problems. For the price can't go wrong.

Meine 1 point 2 months ago

:O So cool!

tiny_voices 2 Builds 0 points 20 months ago

Love it! Would personally have used a better PSU, but other than that this is very amazing looking!

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks for the critique. I wish budget wasn't a thing :(

tiny_voices 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm

This is only $4 more and would have been a significantly better unit.

cheezeeman -1 points 20 months ago

Solid build, though I would have gone with an AMD GPU like an R7 270. The GTX 960 is a good card, but AMD is a bit more bang for the buck.

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

My concern with AMD was I hear it produces more heat, and with such a small case and limited airflow I went with the 960. Plus it has some great fans on it to help cool the case as well as the card.

cheezeeman 1 point 20 months ago

That is true. I guess for your purposes (ITX LAN PC), the heat from the AMD card and the space it takes up wouldn't be to good for the system. The GTX 960 is definitely a solid card for your build, though if it was a larger case, an AMD card would have been better suited.

CptMold 1 point 20 months ago

Quickly pointing this out, the 270 is actually an R9 card, not an R7.

There's no doubt that an AMD card would have been the better option... if all we considered was money. Unless it's an R9 Nano or Sapphire R9 285, you probably shouldn't be using it in an ITX build. The two-fan cards take up way too much space to be producing that much heat.

cheezeeman 1 point 20 months ago

You make a good point. I hadn't accounted for the size of the build, and what you said is absolutely true. AMD cards do produce a lot of heat for the size they take up. Thanks for clarifying this!

CptMold 1 point 20 months ago

No problem. I love my R9 280, don't get me wrong, but it absolutely scared the **** out of me when I tried to place it in and learned that it was too long for the motherboard's layout. I ended up cutting off the service handle to the fourth RAM slot just so I could put in my card :\

cheezeeman 1 point 20 months ago

RIPerooni

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OneHitWonder 2 points 20 months ago

Yeah I'm with Radox. It took me a second to come down from my "OMG Nintendo!" craze. This build is like christmas.

bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Haha thanks man! I appreciate it :)

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bakedfreshdaily submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Maybe I should have painted it purple like the GameCube was lol

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

i would've made a second account to give it another upvote if you did that!

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